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Por Vida by Daniel Verastiqui
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"Having read all [of Verastiqui's] books I find this to be his most mature to date, wrestling with anxiety, obsession, why we love and as always what it means to have humanity vs being human." - Kindle Customer

"The story is one of unrequited love, [technology's] place in our day to day lives, all bootstrapped to a dark, fast-paced thriller." - Kindle Customer

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It's a great big world out there. Will you live long enough to see it all? Greet the future in an all-new synthetic body from Vitra Synth, an officially licensed partner of Perion Synthetics. Family rates available. Interest-free financing for well-qualified buyers.

Vitra Synth. Better living through synthetic transcendence.

In 2035, the future of synthetic living has finally arrived, but so too has the threat of a global machine war. Rising Hollywood star Sepideh Ahmadi never imagined she would transition to an artificial body, but when her longtime girlfriend Natasha develops a terminal illness, the choices become clear: either give up their physical bodies and stay together, or allow Natasha to die.

As a synthetic woman, Sepideh discovers there is more to being human than just her thoughts and memories. Smells are stronger, sensations are more nuanced. She is no longer anxious or nervous. She is no longer herself, and neither is Natasha.

Now, with a machine army threatening to invade California, crazed fans following her every move, and her new marriage slowly breaking apart, Sepideh must figure out who she will be in the centuries to come.

In a world where immortality can be purchased, will the cost be more than just money?

Science Fiction | pages | ISBN: 978-1537788708 | 2017-01-09

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********** 1. row ***********
      name: M. Grubbs
     stamp: 2017-04-28
     stars: 5
     title: NO WAY!
   content: I love being fooled by a story. There was something about the multiple storylines that nagged at me, something not quite right... Until it was, and my "NO WAY" echoed in the room. I think in the back of my mind I knew "something was up" but it turned out I was one the wrong side of the line.

I can't wait to read it again, to see how many ways the author told me what was happening and I just missed it. That's a win in my book.

********** 2. row ***********
      name: Amanda Nelson
     stamp: 2019-12-29
     stars: 5
   content: While this book is not of my typical genre, I was in the mood for something different, and this book did not disappoint! I struggled to get into it at first, with all of the undefined words and abbreviations relating to a technology of the future, but once I got into it and got into the flow of the story I was hooked. Then, once I figured out what was REALLY going on I couldn't put it down and had to finish in that sitting and stayed up into the wee morning hours to do so.

********** 3. row ***********
      name: Sydnie Macelroy
     stamp: 2017-03-27
     stars: 5
   content: Fantastic! It's been a long time since I experience a "can't put it down" book. I couldn't put this one down.

One part science fiction, one part psychological thriller, and 100% edge of your seat thrill ride. The characters are complex and delightful. The plot is well thought out and solid. The little clues along the way... little things that made me roll my eyes at the continuity error... Let's just say when it suddenly makes sense, it's like a kick in the gut (and I mean that in a very good way).

********** 4. row ***********
      name: Moont
     stamp: 2017-04-17
     stars: 3
     title: Good Read
   content: Full of twists, keeps the reader’s interest from page one. Somewhat dark, well-developed characters and exciting plot. I doubtlessly recommend it.

********** 5. row ***********
      name: Mr. S. A. Wake
     stamp: 2019-05-10
     stars: 5
     title: Completely Absorbing
   content: This is a wonderful and twisted tale full of realized and immediate emotion and Fascinating characters with vibrant thoughts and personalities.

I could easily see this being made into a great movie.

I couldn't put it down and thoroughly recommend this gripping novel.

I very much look forward to reading anything and everything this author has to offer.

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